Just be aware of the type of plastic that you will be painting. Lego uses two different kinds of plastic. The hard plastic (abs) and soft plastic (pvc) [i hope i got that right]. Painting on hard plastic is easier than on soft plastic. This is due to the surface texture and flexibility of the plastic. Also, due to the level of foexibility of certain soft bendy plastic pieces (we all know what im talking about), you might end up cracking the paint if it doesnt cure properly. In addition. Hard plastic has its problems. The surfaces of hard plactic has a layer of gloss/ shiny stuff on it. When painting on the gloss, you have to wait until one layer dries completley to paint a second layer to get a solid color. But this is what i learned from the past. Use this or not, up to you. Permalink
Quoting toa olympios taylor snowden
I'm glad I know how now I've got a lot of red ball joints that I need to be black. But what about painting details like lines on a mask?
Doesn't work as well on parts with balljoints or cups; the paints locks them up pretty bad.
Or, you can ask Grayson (Steve the Squid). He and a friend of his have opened a custom mask business. Permalink
Actually they only use ABS plastics; there is one other type that they occasionally use for minifigure parts, and another type that was very briefly used for a few certain foreign Kanohi, but that's about it. Permalink
Quoting Chronos Omega
Actually they only use ABS plastics; there is one other type that they occasionally use for minifigure parts, and another type that was very briefly used for a few certain foreign Kanohi, but that's about it.
what do you mean by "foriegn kanohi" you have officially caught my interest, again. Permalink
Quoting that crazy kansan taylor snowden
what do you mean by "foriegn kanohi" you have officially caught my interest, again.
Remember those copper Kanohi from '01? Most of them were manufactured in the US. But some were made in Europe with a different type of plastic. Actually, I just realized I was wrong in saying that it was not ABS; it was just a different shade, thickness, and mold method, I think. Permalink
When I saw this, I heard the screams of all the purists.
Anyway, for most plastics (Mask, Armor, etc. Do not use this on pieces such as technic rods and ball joints) I use citadel paints. They have a nice color range, especially for their price, and are water-based, opposed to chemicals (which are messy to clean up after). These paints are handy with painting masks, tools (swords, hahli's wings, knives etc.) and are pretty much permanent. Unless you're throwing them around, I doubt the pain with ever scratch off. Sharpies are pretty good to, but you always have to be careful. The slightest wear will scrape off sharpie. Don't use spray paint, as some sprays dissolve plastic, and others morph it, and the kind that doesn't do any of the above often will fill up small details and ruin the piece. Permalink